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    1972 Julius Erving Atlanta Hawks Game Used Shorts. That's right, you read the title correctly. It is a little known fact, but Julius Erving did indeed play a few preseason exhibition games for the Hawks. As noted by author David Friedman, "Erving signed with the Hawks after his fantastic 1971-72 rookie season with the ABA's Virginia Squires. Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Erving in the 1972 draft (the NBA prohibited its teams from drafting underclassmen at the time) and the Squires insisted that Erving was still under contract with them. While an armada of attorneys attempted to reach an agreement among three teams in two leagues, Erving joined Pete Maravich and the Hawks as they prepared for the upcoming season. Erving enjoyed his brief time with Atlanta: "It really was one of the joys of my life to play with Pete, to be in training camp with him. We used to stay after practice and play one-on-one. We would play for dinner after practice. I did the same thing with George Gervin once he became my teammate [in Virginia]--I pretty much learned that from Pete. The NBA fined Atlanta $25,000 per game for Erving's two Hawks appearances because Milwaukee owned his NBA rights--in a sense, the Hawks had "stolen" Erving from teams in both the ABA and NBA. A three-judge panel ruled that until the case was settled, Erving was contractually bound to the Squires. Erving returned to Virginia and led the ABA in scoring in 1972-73 (31.9 ppg). The following year, the cash-strapped Squires sold him to the New York Nets, leaving Hawks (and Squires) fans to wonder what might have been."
    We offer a fantastic relic from the Doctor's short-lived stay with the Atlanta Hawks in the form of game used shorts worn during the above mentioned exhibiton games prior to the 1972-73 season. Russell Athletic size S shorts include size tag and an additional tag with "Erving" penned in vintage black ink. Supporting LOAs from Grey Flannel, Russek and Imperato and the Atlanta Hawks.

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